GOP Secretary of State nominee Brad Raffensperger, a state Representative, defeated former Congressman John Barrow (D) in the statewide run-off campaign by a 52-48% margin on Tuesday night. The secondary election was necessitated when Raffensperger failed to reach the 50% plateau, missing by less than one percentage point, in the general election. In Georgia, candidates placing first with a plurality must advance to a general election run-off election. A total turnout of 1.454 million voters participated, just over 1/3 of the November 6th participation total that recorded over 3.9 million cast ballots.
Veteran Granite State Secretary of State Bill Gardner, a Democrat who drew the ire of the liberal activists in the party for accepting an appointment to President Trump’s election investigatory panel and siding with Republicans in supporting a strong residency requirement law for student voters, was re-elected to a 22nd two-year term on Wednesday despite strong opposition from majority Democrats.
In New Hampshire, the state legislature appoints certain offices such as Secretary of State. In a joint session of the NH House and Senate, a legislature featuring 424 voting members, Mr. Gardner was re-elected by a close 209-205 vote. Most Republicans supported the Democratic incumbent, and enough members of his own party also did so to just pull him over the top.
Democrats captured both houses of the legislature in the November 6th election, holding a 234-166 House majority and a 14-10 margin in the state Senate. Previously, Republicans had held both houses.
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